On This Day

March 1990 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • Mar 1 Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • Mar 2 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
  • Mar 4 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • Mar 6 SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
  • Mar 7 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 7 Wayne Huizenga buys ½ of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15% of Dolphins for $30m
  • Mar 8 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 1st victim, Mario Orosco
  • Mar 9 Dr Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st Hispanic and female US Surgeon General
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs World Championship at Halifax won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 10 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Halifax won by Jill Trenary (USA)
  • Mar 10 Prosper Avril resigns as President of Haiti
  • Mar 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 11 Lithuania declares its Independence
  • Mar 12 LA Raiders announce their return to Oakland
  • Mar 13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada

Historic Event

Mar 14 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress

  • Mar 15 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 17 PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
  • Mar 18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • Mar 18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • Mar 22 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 23 Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
  • Mar 24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • Mar 25 Fire in illegal NYC social club, kills 87
  • Mar 27 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • Mar 27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • Mar 31 Dionisio Castro cycles world record 20km (57:18.4)
  • Mar 31 Major riots occur in London and other British towns in protest against the new Community Charge poll tax laws

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 7 Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins, born in New Germany, Minnesota
  • Mar 23 Eugenie, Princess of York and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London
  • Mar 27 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer, born in Bendigo, Australia
  • Mar 31 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, killed by the New IRA in a terrorist attack, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Parool), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • Mar 5 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • Mar 10 Michael Stewart, UK Sect of State (1965-66, 68-70), dies
  • Mar 12 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), dies at 73
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), commits suicide at 86
  • Mar 15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • Mar 20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • Mar 22 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, dies at 62
  • Mar 24 An Wang, Chinese-American computer engineer (Wang Labs, Wang Computers), dies of cancer at 70
  • Mar 26 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), dies of AIDs at 68
  • Mar 29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • Mar 31 Lillian "Miss" Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies